E1803D All-In-One XY2/100 and XY3/100 Scanner Controller

The E1803 controller is not a successor or replacement of the E1701D Modular Scanner Controller but an own product with a different area of application.

Technically it is fully compatible with an E1701D XY2-100/XY3-100 laser scanner control board with LP8 Extension and Digi I/O Extension plus additional:

  • two analogue 0..10 V outputs, plus
  • a serial RS232/RS485 interface, plus
  • better performance, plus
  • scanhead power supply provided via controller, plus
  • XY2-200 and XY2-200E digital output

now all incorporated in one compact card.

With all these features it is still a low-cost scanner card which can be used with all XY2-100, XY2-200, XY2-100E, XY2-200E and XY3-100 compatible scanheads.

The E1803 Controller provides following general features:

  • Can be used with any scanhead with XY2-100, XY2-200, XY2-100-E, XY2-200-E or XY3-100 (LIA202002 standard) interface
  • Full 2-axis and 3-axis galvo control
  • 100 Mbit Ethernet connection, USB 2.0 connection
  • Online XYZ grid correction with support for several correction table file formats (like BeamConstruct HD .bco correction files, SCAPS™ .ucf, Scanlab™ .ctb and .ct5, Raylase™ .gcd, Rofin™ .fcr, GSI/CTI™ .xml, Sunny™ .txt, Han's Laser™ .crt)
  • Fast online switching between up to 16 grid correction tables
  • 10 microseconds vector cycle time and resolution (microstep period), command
    execution time down to 0,5 microseconds
  • Realtime processing of laser and scanner signals
  • 26 bit internal resolution (for better quality also with 16 or 18 bit hardware output)
  • 512 MByte DDR3 RAM, 1 GHz CPU clock
  • Extremely low power consumption of about 2 W (without scanhead power supply)
  • Internal command and vector data list with more than 20 million entries
  • Continuous list concept, no need to swap between lists
  • BeamConstruct PRO license included
  • Compact size of about 125 mm x 100 mm
  • Quality made in EU/Germany

Beside of that it provides following connectivity features and interfaces:

  • Two laser CMOS level digital outputs for usage with YAG, CO2, IPG™, SPI™ and other compatible laser types (outputs can provide PWM frequency, Q-Switch, FPK-pulse, continuously running frequency, stand-by frequency), running with frequencies up to 20 MHz
  • LP8 8 bit CMOS level parallel digital output e.g. for controlling laser power
  • LP8 latch and Main Oscillator CMOS level digital output for usage with IPG™, Raycus™ and compatible fiber laser types
  • 2x 12 bit 0..10 V analogue outputs e.g. for controlling power of SPI™/Trumpf truePulse™ lasers
  • 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs can be switched to opto-insulated mode with
    external power supply of up to 24 V
  • 2x2 inputs can be used for 90 degree phase-shifted encoder signals for 1D and 2D
    marking on-the-fly applications
  • Digital inputs can be used to select one of up to 256 stand-alone marking jobs stored on microSD card of baseboard
  • RS232/RS485 serial interface
  • Can be powered with 12..24 V with direct supply to scanhead to save additional wiring
  • Support for Micro-SD and Micro-SDHC cards with up to 32 GByte disk space for stand-alone operations

The optional Intelli-IO Extension Board...

  • Can be plugged to E1803D expansion connector
  • Offers additional 3x 12 bit 0..5V analogue inputs for multi-purpose data acquisition
  • Makes use of own microcontroller so that special, customised applications can run fully parallel on the board

In digital I/O mode:

  • Provides 8 general purpose digital outputs and 6 general purpose digital inputs (0/5 V)

In motion control mode:

  • supports up to four stepper motor axes, controlled via step- and direction signals
  • up to 39 kHz jitter-free step frequency (45 kHz maximum step frequency)
  • moves all four axes at the same time
  • movements possible fully parallel to laser/scanner operation

While the E1803D controller supports all parallel scanner interfaces (such as XY2-100 or XY3-100) by default, the NX-02 Extension Board can be used for serial scanner protocols that make use of two wires only for trasmitting all position data to the scanhead.

The optional NX-02 Extension Board...

  • Can be plugged to E1803D expansion connector
  • Offers NX-02 two-wire, 2D and 3D scanner control via it's 10-pin interface
  • Reads position feedback information from the scanhead
  • Can be used with all NX-02 and NX-02-compatible scanheads
  • Offers additional 3x 12 bit 0..5V analogue inputs for multi-purpose data acquisition (requires hardware version v2)

The optional E1803dock Extension Board provides an easy and simple way to connect different laser types with a 1:1 cable connection. The E1803dock is a full-size extension which is plugged on very top of the E1803D controller. Using this breakout-board connection of a laser is done within minutes as only some standard cables need to be plugged. It is available in several variants which can be used for different families of laser types each:

  • E1803dock MOPA can be used for digitally and analogue controlled main oscillator/power amplifier laser types like IPG™ YLP, IPG™ YLM, MaxPhotonics™ MFP, JPT™ YDFLP, Raycus™ RFL-PMX/RFL-PQB, Raycus™ RFL-QCW and compatible
  • E1803dock CO2/YAG can be used for all PWM/Q-Switch based laser types

The image shows a generic example of an E1803dock, for exact types and positions of connectors of each specific E1803dock, please refer to the manual

The optional E1803base Mounting Kit allows faster and easier mechanical installation of an E1803D controller board:

  • Comes with DIN rail / C45 clamps which can be installed in 6 different positions and 4 different orientations
  • E1803D or HALswitch board can be mounted on top of E1803base with distance bolts or hex-stands using premanufactured mounting holes
  • Can be used also without DIN rail / C45 clamps for custom mounting in machines and as top-cover for E1803D

Beside of that it comes with an integrated shield which suppresses electromagnetical interferences when it is used to stack different controllers on top of each other.

E1803D mounting example:

  • E1803base (in horizontal direction and upper mounting position) used to clamp the whole stack onto a DIN rail
  • E1803D with Intelli-IO extension board
  • E1803dock CO2/YAG with D-SUB25 and BNC connector on top


E1803D manual containing hardware description as well as programming extensionboards as well interface specification: e1803_manual.pdf

E1803D 3D CAD model in STP format:

Development files (Windows and Linux, no driver required for Linux): GIT Repository



E1803D™ hardware and design is © by HALaser Systems/OpenAPC Project Group